ECMN News

ECMN Nominations for Elected Bodies

May 16, 2017

We need your help to shape the future of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Each year there are opportunities to step into leadership roles that allow you to engage in the big issues facing the church and our community. You can help create action that makes a difference.

A New Home for ECMN

May 16, 2017

The Bishop offers some insight on how this location was chosen. In ECMN, we see property transactions as an expression of the mission that God is calling us to. This property transaction was guided by that thinking.

Why Do We Give?

May 16, 2017

In this column, the focus will be on why we give, and in subsequent columns the focus will be on specific tactics.

An update to our Episcopal Faith Family

May 16, 2017

An update from Episcopal Homes, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and the Trustees of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.

Union of Black Episcopalians - ECMN Chapter

Mar 20, 2017

An interested group of Black Episcopalians has begun a process of forming a chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians in ECMN.

Every Second is a Blessing

Mar 16, 2017

Camp changes lives and strengthens faith. Read more about Charlie Franklin's experience as a young leader for Episcopal Youth Quest Camp.

Circle of the Beloved

Feb 16, 2017

Circle of the Beloved is the Minnesota branch of the Episcopal Service Corps. This year marks their first year of programming, and the 4 individuals that make up the program's first cohort have some stories to tell!

Mission Opportunity Highlight

Feb 16, 2017

The good people of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rushford are engaging in the Mission Opportunity in their culture and context. Read on to learn how they're doing it!

Mission Area Gatherings

Feb 16, 2017

Join others from faith communities in your area to build relationships, dive into this year’s mission opportunity of racial reconciliation through storytelling, and gain skills to support you in your ministry.

Statement from Bishop Prior - Gun Violence Prevention

Feb 7, 2017

Read a statement from Bishop Prior that was read at a rally at the state capitol regarding gun violence prevention.

Statement from Bishop Prior - Immigration and Refugees

Jan 26, 2017

Read a statement from Bishop Prior regarding the immigrant and refugee ban.

Partnering for Innovation

Dec 7, 2016

This partnership is building new opportunities for Native Youth to engage in their faith and grow together.

Expanding our Horizons

Dec 7, 2016

ECMN affiliate Shattuck - St. Mary's is on the brink of global expansion.

Clergy responding to the election

Nov 13, 2016

A number of ECMN clergy from around the state have issued an open letter in response to the recent election.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Beatrice Garubanda

Sep 22, 2016

St. Matthew's Rector Blair Pogue tells the story of their own Saint, Beatrice Garubanda, and the installation of her portrait in the building.

Convention 2016 Re-Cap

Sep 22, 2016

Convention took place on September 16th and 17th, 2016. Find some updates and newsworthy items from Convention here!

Coming Together as the Church

Sep 22, 2016

The Rev. Rick Swenson shares the story of how faith communities on the Eastern Iron Range are coming together as the Church in today's world.

Eucharist Message from The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville Burrows

Sep 16, 2016

Read the message given by The Rev. Baskerville Burrows at the Eucharist at Convention

Discovering God at Camp

Aug 22, 2016

Read one young person's reflection on her experience at camp this summer.

A Statement from Bishop Prior

Jul 7, 2016

A statement from Bishop Prior after the tragic events in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Stories for Change

Jul 7, 2016

As we look to engage in this year's Mission Opportunity of Hearing our Stories and Healing Relationships, Stories for Change is a great model to bring people together and share and learn with each other

Care in Context

Jul 7, 2016

Community of Hope International provides resources for everyone to do pastoral ministry in their context - in their faith community, in their homes and in the world.

A History of Spirit

Jul 7, 2016

We look back and draw inspiration from our rich history, and use that to find the courage and energy we need to move forward

Report on March 2016 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Mar 21, 2016

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, March 19 at the ECMN Retreat Center located on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.

Multimedia Resources from March 2016 Meeting of Elected Bodies Now Available

Mar 19, 2016

Multimedia resources from the Meeting of Elected Bodies, held Saturday, March 19 at the ECMN Retreat Center at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, are now available.

MCN Events Forecast

Feb 29, 2016

From the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits:Below is a list of several upcoming events sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits that may be of interest to you or others in your faith community.

Video From East Metro Mission Area Gathering Now Available

Feb 22, 2016

Video from the East Metro Mission Area Gathering, held Saturday, February 20 at Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater, is now available.

Addressing Anti-Judaism in Holy Week Scripture Texts

Feb 19, 2016

From The Rev. Devon Anderson, Trinity, Excelsior: It’s that time of year when many of us are designing our liturgical offerings for Holy Week. And it’s about this time every year when I reengage the Johannine Passion narrative on Good Friday and, in parts, cringe.

Video from Vestry Resource Day Now Available

Feb 8, 2016

Video from Vestry Resource Day, held Saturday, February 6 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, is now available.

Climate of Fear and Our Church

Feb 3, 2016

From Minnie Steele, St. Mark's: For me, the experience of Trinity Institute 2016: Listen for a Change - Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice began on the ride from LaGuardia Airport to the hotel on the island of Manhattan; as I was enjoying the landscape, I was a bit startled as we approached a gathering of NYPD vehicles and the very visible presence of men in military fatigues holding large assault weapons.

Next Round of Missional Innovative Partnership Grant Recipients of 2015-16 Program Year Announced

Jan 28, 2016

After reviewing Missional Innovative Partnership grant applications submitted for the second quarter of the 2015-2016 program year, we are excited to announce that the following grant proposals were approved as the applications successfully demonstrated that these partnerships will fulfill all criteria in the areas of Mission, Innovation, and Partnership.

Church Takes Ash Wednesday to the Streets

Jan 26, 2016

On Ash Wednesday, 10 February, ministers from several churches will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 7 - 8 a.m. near the bus stops on 2nd Street and 1st Avenue in downtown Rochester.

Report on January 2016 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Jan 12, 2016

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, January 9 at the ECMN Retreat Center located on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.

Multimedia Resources from January 2016 Meeting of Elected Bodies Now Available

Jan 11, 2016

Multimedia resources from the Meeting of Elected Bodies, held Saturday, January 9 at the ECMN Retreat Center at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, are now available.

Wells Foundation Announces $10,000 Grant to Circle of the Beloved-Episcopal Service Corps

Dec 11, 2015

The Wells Foundation of Minneapolis approved a $10,000 grant to Circle of the Beloved-Episcopal Service Corps at their November 29, 2015 board meeting.

First Missional Innovative Partnership Grant Recipient of 2015-16 Program Year Announced

Dec 9, 2015

After reviewing Missional Innovative Partnership grant applications submitted for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 program year, we are excited to announce that the grant proposal submitted by the Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle, proposing a partnership with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, has been approved and will be funded without revision or changes for the amount of $3,840.

Video from Northeast MN MAG Now Available

Nov 16, 2015

Below you will find video of the morning presentations that took place at the Northeast Minnesota Mission Area Gathering on Saturday, November 14 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hermantown, followed by video of a Q&A session with the presenters.

Report on October 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Oct 27, 2015

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24 at the ECMN Retreat Center located on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.

Multimedia Resources from October 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies Now Available

Oct 26, 2015

Multimedia resources from the Meeting of Elected Bodies, held Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24 at the ECMN Retreat Center at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, are now available.

Sheltering Arms Announces 2015-16 Grantees, New Trustees and Board President

Sep 28, 2015

The Sheltering Arms Foundation announces a new round of its ongoing grantmaking partnership with Episcopal faith communities to serve Minnesota’s most vulnerable children. Three grants totaling $3,000 will support tutoring and youth activities, mentorship and case management, and a youth adventure camp. Created to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Sheltering Arms in 2008, the grants program recognizes the important role churches play in helping at-risk children increase their potential.

Praying Shapes Believing: New Liturgies for Celebrating God in Creation

Sep 24, 2015

In his seminal book, “Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer,” Leonel Mitchell reminded his readers: “probably more than any other contemporary religious group, Episcopalians are people of a prayer book.

Multimedia Resources and Post-Convention Materials Available

Sep 22, 2015

Below you will find materials relating to ECMN Convention 2015. Videos shown during the PowerPoint presentation are linked below.

MN Deputies Recap General Convention

Jul 23, 2015

General Convention happens every three years, and is that span of 12 days when four clergy deputies and four lay deputies (and alternates) and bishops from every, single diocese in the Episcopal Church, gather to set the direction for our church. We also worship (every, single day), caucus, debate, party, shop in the exhibit hall, and hone our proficiency in parliamentary procedure during extended sessions of the House of Deputies.

July 18 Doctrine of Discovery Event Video Now Available

Jul 21, 2015

Below you will find video from the Doctrine of Discovery event that took place Saturday, July 18 in White Earth, MN. Video available includes the drum opening and an intro by Dr. Erma Vizenor, a post-screening discussion, and a keynote speech by Steve Newcomb.

2015 Ordination Video Now Available

Jun 22, 2015

Below you will find video from the Ordination that took place Saturday, June 20 at the Breck School Field House.

Report on June 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Jun 15, 2015

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, June 13 at the ECMN Retreat Center located on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.

Media Resources from June MEB Now Available

Jun 15, 2015

Below you’ll find media resources from the Meeting of Elected Bodies held Saturday, June 13 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault.

Media Resources from Central Metro MAG Now Available

Jun 1, 2015

Below you’ll find media resources from the Central Metro Mission Area Gathering (The Doctrine of Discovery/Indian Boarding School Trauma: Toward Reconciliation and Healing). The event was held Saturday, May 30 at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Audio from Bishop Brian Prior’s May 30th Sermon at St. Mark’s Cathedral Now Available

Jun 1, 2015

The audio from Bishop Brian Prior’s sermon at the Confirmation held Saturday, May 30 at St. Mark’s Cathedral is now available. Click below to listen to the sermon in its entirety.

The Rev. Lowell Johnson Appointed to Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Board of Directors

May 26, 2015

Deacon Rev. Lowell Johnson of St. Mark’s was recently appointed by Bishop Prior as representative of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota to the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

Media Resources from Southeast MN MAG Now Available

May 18, 2015

Below you’ll find media resources from the Southeast Minnesota Mission Area Gathering. The event was held Saturday, May 16 at the ECMN Retreat Center and the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, both in Faribault.

VIDEO: The Doctrine of Discovery/Indian Boarding School Trauma: Toward Reconciliation and Healing

May 12, 2015

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, together with Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman of the White Earth Nation, are cosponsoring three symposiums to bring attention to and promote reconciliation and healing from the traumatic legacies of the legal Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Boarding School Policy.

Media Resources from Southwest MN MAG Now Available

May 11, 2015

Below you’ll find media resources from the Southwest Minnesota Mission Area Gathering. The event was held Saturday, May 9 at Church of the Holy Communion in St. Peter.

Media Resources from Northeast MN MAG Now Available

Apr 27, 2015

Below you’ll find media resources from the Northeast Minnesota Mission Area Gathering. The event was held Saturday, April 25 at St. James Episcopal Church in Hibbing.

Video from Morning Portion of March Meeting of Elected Bodies Now Available Online

Mar 23, 2015

Below is video from the morning portion of the Meeting of Elected Bodies, held Saturday, March 21 at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska.

Report on March 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Mar 23, 2015

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, March 21 at Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska.

Video Detailing All Saints, Northfield’s Building Renewal Project Available Online

Mar 12, 2015

Below is a video from All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield, following their building renewal project. It begins with a tour by Mark Heiman, and ends with an interview with The Rev. Gayle Marsh, Priest in Charge.

Northwest MN Faith Community Receives 2015 Interfaith Social Justice Community Award

Mar 11, 2015

On Tuesday, March 10, as a part of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) Day on the Hill, the Detroit Lakes Human Trafficking Working Group, represented by The Rev. Georgia Hecock of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes, was awarded the 2015 Interfaith Social Justice Community Award for their involvement in Blank Slate Theater’s production of bottom.

New Missional Innovative Partnership Between ECMN, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Episcopal Homes

Feb 21, 2015

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN), Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Episcopal Homes, are proud to announce the formation of a partnership for the development of an Episcopal Campus in Loring Park.

Church takes Ash Wednesday to the Streets

Feb 10, 2015

On Ash Wednesday, 18 February, ministers from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Peace United Church of Christ, and People of Hope will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 7 - 8 a.m. near the bus stops on 2nd Street and 1st Avenue downtown.

2015 Missional Innovative Partnership Grant Recipients Announced

Jan 14, 2015

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Missional Innovative Partnership Grants.

Video Resources from January 2015 MEB Made Available

Jan 12, 2015

Below you will find video resources from the Meeting of Elected Bodies, held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska.

Report on January 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies

Jan 10, 2015

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, January 10 at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska.

ECMN and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Announce Ongoing TENS Partnership

Jan 8, 2015

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is excited to announce our continued partnership with The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) thanks the generous sponsorship of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Bishop Prior’s Dec. 16 Winter Ordination Sermon at St. Mark’s Cathedral Available Online

Dec 29, 2014

You can now listen to Bishop Brian Prior’s sermon from the December 16th Winter Ordination at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Click below to listen to the sermon in its entirety.

Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Bexley Seabury Forge Partnership

Nov 19, 2014

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) and the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation today announced a partnership that will bring the resources and expertise of the seminary to bear on Christian formation and leadership development ministries in numerous ECMN communities.

East Metro Mission Area Gathering Resources

Nov 17, 2014

The East Metro Mission Area Gathering took place at St. John in the Wilderness in White Bear Lake, on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

2015 Freedom Ride Pilgrimage Applications Now Being Accepted

Nov 3, 2014

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota will be sending a delegation of young people between the ages of 15 to 22 to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s 2015 Freedom Ride pilgrimage, July 12-18 at Haw River State Park.

Student to Present at 2014 American Indian Science and Engineering Society Annual Conference

Nov 3, 2014

Congratulations to senior Grant Two Bulls, who has been chosen to present his research in November at the 2014 American Indian Science and Engineering Society national conference that will be held in Orlando in mid-November.

ECMN Trustees Forgive $1.2 Million in Loans to MN Faith Communities

Oct 20, 2014

On October 11, the Trustees of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) voted unanimously to forgive the remaining balances of all loans currently held between the Trustees and ECMN faith communities, totaling more than $1.2 million.

ECMN Faith Communities Commit to Fighting Hunger

Oct 1, 2014

Suzanne Shatila, Director of Minnesota FoodShare, led one of several breakout sessions at ECMN Convention 2014, which took place at the Sanford Center in Bemidji September 26-27.

Christ Church Hosts “Drawn to the Word”

Sep 12, 2014

“Drawn to the Word” inspires.